Verhaeghe, Carter

NHL Game Night: 10-19-19 Avalanche at Lightning

Things are never as bad or as good as they seem.

COL-6
TB-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 24 shots.

First Period
3:09 COL Jost (2), (Girard, Wilson)
17:35 TB Gourde (1), (McDonagh, Shattenkirk)

Second Period
3:17 COL Jost (3), (Compher, Wilson)
5:48 COL Landeskog (3), (MacKinnon, Rantanen)
6:06 COL Jost (4), (Compher, Wilson)

Third Period
6:30 COL Kadri (3), (Makar)
11:48 TB Hedman (1), (Shattenkirk, Killorn)
14:27 COL Rantanen (5), (unassisted)

This was a weird game where the Lightning nears doubled up their opponent in SOG by a hefty 46-24 margin. They had their possession game going but they were plagued by poor puck management and poor positioning that resulted in odd man rushes. Those things need to be cleaned up, but it wasn't as bad as the score indicates because the team did do a fair number of positive things in the game. This is kind of a stock correction for some wins early in the season where the team probably didn't deserve two points.

Carter Verhaeghe was -2 with 3 shots in 8:51. He was also 89% on 9 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-17-19 Lightning at Bruins

Much, much better.

TB-4
BOS-3 (SO)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 37 shots before stoning all four Bruins shooters in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

First Period
9:34 BOS Pastrnak (7), (Bergeron, Krug)(PP)
19:59 TB Point (3), (Gourde, Hedman)

Second Period
7:26 BOS Bergeron (2), (Pastrnak, Marchand)(PP)
10:32 TB Joseph (2), (Killorn, Cernak)

Third Period
15:13 TB Shattenkirk (4), (Stamkos, Point)
16:55 BOS Pastrnak (8), (Marchand, Krug)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- Stamkos
BOS- NONE

Brayden Point was the game's first star.

The first 40 minutes of tonight's game was just what the doctor ordered, as the Lightning had an overall shot advantage of 28-20. If they had played the same way they played in Montreal tonight, I'm fairly certain they'd have gotten smoked. Tonight was much closer to the kind of possession style the Lightning need to play for sustainable success. They did get outshot by an 11-4 margin in the Third Period, but I'll chalk that up to a lot of PP shots for Boston on their final odd man advantage.

The Lightning now have nine points through seven games, meaning they just need to collect three in the next three games to be on comfortable playoff pace for the first ten games. Tonight's win was big for that effort. It also probably bears mentioning that, as subpar as I think the Lightning have been for a lot of these first seven games, not only are they in good shape for the ten game segment but they've got two pretty stout resume wins against highly touted Toronto and Boston in those teams' barns. So, if they can build on the first 40 minutes in this game and start playing that way consistently, giddy up.

Carter Verhaeghe had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and was 50% on 4 draws in 8:42.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-15-19 Lightning at Canadiens

Anemic Lightning piece together a victory in Montreal.

TB-3
MTL-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 34 shots for the victory. Outshined Carey Price at the other end.

First Period
15:46 MTL Petry (2), (Domi)(PP)
19:53 TB Coburn (1), (Stamkos, Kucherov)

Second Period
1:04 TB Stamkos (4), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)
2:01 TB Johnson (2), (Palat, Gourde)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Steven Stamkos and Vasilevskiy were the game's first and third stars.

I just can't get stoked about yet another game where the Lightning got outshot by a 3:2 margin. This used to be a volume shooting possession team that had a pretty rabid forecheck. Now they play like an opportunistic counterattacking rush team that leans on the power play. It's not a recipe for long term success. It's just not.

The Lightning have four games to collect five more points to get out of this mediocre opening ten game segment of the year in tact.

Carter Verhaeghe had 1 shot in 9:00.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 10-12-19 Lightning at Senators

Hard work still beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

TB-2
OTT-4

Curtis McElhinney allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
13:44 OTT White (1), (Tkachuk, Ryan)
14:21 TB Palat (3), (Johnson)
19:33 OTT Pageau (1), (Namestnikov)

Third Period
8:56 TB Witkowski (1), (Maroon, Sergachev)
16:57 OTT Namestnikov (1), (Brown, Chabot)
19:38 OTT Namestnikov (2), (Pageau, Zaitsev)

Nice job getting outshot by a 3:2 margin by sad sack Ottawa. I’m old enough to remember the days when Tampa Bay used to be a volume shooting possession team.

Carter Verhaeghe was +1 in 9:25 of ice time.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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